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Iguazú Falls: Travel Tips

Tips for When to Go and What to Expect

Upon seeing Iguazú Falls for the first time, Lady Roosevelt was reported to have said “poor Niagara.” A UNESCO World Heritage Site and natural wonder of the world, the falls are actually made up of 275 individual cascades that create a deafening roar as the water plunges from the river overhead. While there’s no right or wrong time to visit this National Park, there are some pros and cons you may want to consider. Here are some of our travel tips for Iguazú Falls:


Image: Iguazú Falls is a clustering of 275 different falls; Will, Flickr

When is the Best Time of Year to Visit Iguazú Falls?

As a tropical area, you should think of Iguazú in terms of the rainy season and the dry season rather than winter, spring, summer and fall.

December through March is the rainy season. While this may seem unappealing to some travelers, the heavy rains produce the higher water levels and therefore the most impressive falls. However, if you plan to hike, keep in mind some trails may be closed due to the water. These months represent the summer months in South America so be prepared for higher temps and humidity. But never fear, taking a boat ride across the falls can easily cool you off as you dart near the amazing spray of the pounding falls.

April through June is known as the dry season. While the skies are quite blue and void of rain, the lower water levels also mean the falls are not quite at full force either.

June through August begins to bring cooler temps that range from 50 degrees in the evening to the low 70s during the day. While these months do experience some rain, it is not near the levels of the summer months of December through March.

Local holidays occur during the summer season, primarily January and February, and the week of Easter. This is when most South Americans take vacation so expect added crowds.


When is the Best Time of Day to Visit Iguazú Falls?

The best time of day to go to Iguazú depends on what you will be seeing. To witness the spectacular panoramic views from the Brazilian side across the river toward Argentina, it’s best to arrive early in the day when the sun at your back will bathe the falls in an angelic light. If you are visiting Devil’s Throat, however, you’ll want to arrive later in the day. If you approach too early, you’ll find yourself looking directly into the sun. Later afternoon makes for better views and stunning photographs.


What is the Best Way to View Iguazú Falls?

There’s no ‘best’ vantage point. You’ll want to explore the falls from every angle. Try taking a helicopter ride overtop or strolling the foot path in the spray of the falls. There’s a panoramic elevator and walking tours that explore the many views of the thundering cascades. Don’t miss the gas-propelled train that leads to the cat-walk path over the upper Iguazú River to “Devil’s Throat,” one of the world’s most amazing cataracts.

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